Where’s the Internet heading?

30th of January 2007 by admin

I thoroughly enjoyed the Internet People networking event last night. I ended in a club yet again with Robert and a few others – he’s a seriously bad influence!

I usually get a little nervous before getting up on stage (which is a good thing) as I don’t like ‘broadcasting’ my views on people, especially when the audience is equally qualified. However, the Semantic Web is something I’m very passionate about, so I found it very easy to talk and only wished I had more than the allocated 2 minutes. That’s not to say however, that I was particularly good :)

The only other Irish person there was Nicola Byrne, an Associate from Benchmark Capital. Nicola’s pitch was quite close to my heart. She spoke about bringing the Internet to more people. I personally believe this is a very important point that most people forget and I think it’s where the Mobile Web will play a big part, mainly because mobile networks are cheaper to roll out than fix lines in developing countries.

As a member of the W3C Semantic Web Education and Outreach special interest group, I loved having the opportunity to talk about Content Labels as I believe they are one of the most compelling use cases of the Semantic Web.

Jemima Kiss from the Guardian covered what each of us had to say very well.

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